Found this on the Interwebz this morning. I Tried to Make My Home Energy Efficient and It's Ruining My Life It's a story about people getting screwed six ways from Sunday using "energy efficiency" as the selling point. Hard sell tactics targeting elderly and lower-income households, They sell you on "upgrading your home to make it energy efficient." Then they have you electronically sign documents (so you don't have a paper copy you can read or take to your lawyer) that puts a lien on your house to pay for overrated upgrades (like "energy efficient" interior doors), poor quality materials, bad workmanship, etc. AND the loans are added to the property taxes, so it's harder to tell your home if you need to. The knife twist is this also includes prepayment penalties so you can't pay the loans off early. This just adds to the list of people I want to put feet first through my wood chipper.